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Asst. Vice President
In This Issue:
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Warner, Sherry Martense
Joy Jeffcoat, Dawn Smith
Multiple Departments Contribute To
Bartram Hall Cleanup
A collaborative effort by several PPD departments, involving over thirty employees, helped
stop a major water leak, and repair the damage it caused, in Bartram Hall over the Martin Luther
King Day holiday weekend. The leak left standing water on all six floors of Bartram, destroyed
most of the ceiling tiles in the building, and required a complete power shutdown. Yet thanks to
the combined efforts of PPD's Systems, Building Services, and Facilities employees, Bartram
Hall was cleaned, repaired, and ready to host classes by the time students returned on the
Sr. Electronics Tech Dwayne Jones of Systems was on call on Friday, Jan. 12, and received
a call from Work Management that a fire alarm had gone off at Bartram-Carr Hall. Upon respond-
ing to the area, Jones met with a UPD officer, who informed him that he needed access to the
penthouse mechanical room on the roof of Bartram, because he could hear rushing water coming
from the roof.
"We went up there and opened the mechanical room, and found a fire sprinkler head which
had been spraying water into an air duct," said Jones. "There was almost a foot and a half of
standing water in there, and at that point water had already leaked through the roof and all the
floors were flooded. The officer and I went downstairs and met up with the fire department,
which had just arrived. They wanted power to the building shut off before they would go in, and
our on-call electrician was having to drive from Williston and wouldn't be there for another half-
hour. So I made the decision to go down to the first floor and shut the power off from the
secondary breakers there,
and also shut the water off
so the sprinkler would stop
flooding the place."
The firemen entered the
building, but found no evi-
dence of a fire. Meanwhile,
Building Services personnel
had been alerted to the leak.
S Superintendent Dana
Simmons, who was on-call
Friday night, said, "With no
power in the building and no
elevator access, we had to
carry a generator and flood
pumps up the stairs to the
roof area to get rid of the
water on the roof. We
pumped that water over the
holiday Hope initiative helps provide gifts for children side of the roof, and then used
iloyees who helped make this year's Holiday Hope a squeegees and wet-dry vacu-
left to right) Ruthie Noland, Irene Thomas, Kenya ums to push the water on the
m Walker, and Barbara Flynn; (back row, I-r) Dolly interior floors down the stair-
n, Vivian Raymond, Caron DeWitt, Mamie Austell, wells and out of the
, Carla Oliver, Linda Andrews, and Susan Limpert. See BARTRAM Cont.
On Pg. 3
UF Expands Outdoor Smoking Restrictions On Campus
Effective on January 22, 2007, the University of Florida expanded its outside building smoking
restriction to all campus buildings. Under the expanded restrictions, smoking is now prohibited in
areas within 50 feet of all campus buildings. In compliance with the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act of
1992 (Section 386.201 of the Florida Statutes), smoking is prohibited within all UF buildings.
For smokers who wish to quit, the Healthy Gators 2010 coalition recommends many resources to
help. The Alachua County Health Department (334-8889) offers free nicotine patches to Alachua
County residents. Other resources include GatorWell Health Promotion Services, 392-1161, ext
4281, www.shcc.ufl.edu; UF's Employee Assistance Program, 392-5787; the American Cancer
Society, 376-6866; the Florida Quit Line, 1-877-822-6669; your health care provider; and internet
sites like www.smokefree.gov and www.quitnet.com.
O OB 'Gram: New Year, New Goal
Welcome to 2007! The University of Florida is Number One in football! And the basketball team is
defending national champs! Celebrations after both championships in Gainesville were terrific and, unlike
what has sometimes happened during celebrations at other universities, there was no violence or property
damage. PPD deserves some of that credit because our Grounds Department helped to prepare ahead of time.
We sometimes forget the impact our services have at UF. This is a huge campus. There are 900 buildings
on 2,000 acres. Eachyear some 50,000 students are enrolled here. We are the largest university in Florida and
the 4th largest public university in the country. I don't think it is exaggerating to say that PPD is an important
part of what happens here. The teaching, research, patient care, community services and athletics that are all
a part of a university would be hard-pressed to be successful without the work we do to provide utilities, energy management,
custodial services, landscaping, carpentry, roofing, plumbing, and more.
I suggest that our collective New Year's resolution be to keep this in mind as we continue to provide the best services
possible. We will show respect for our jobs, our colleagues at PPD and our customers the entire UF community.
Building 702 Holiday Party Committee
Once again, the Building 702 Holiday Luncheon committee put together a great spread of food, decorations
and an all-around good time. Members of the committee included: (left to right) Keith Feagle, Josh Morris,
Dawn Smith, Paul Huntley, Leon Minter, Betty Standridge, Ben Owen, Terry Matchett's two nephews, Gene
Watson (kneeling), Erick Burch, Lori O'Steen, Steve Fryman, and Willie Touchton. Not pictured: Caron
DeWitt, Jamie Elton, Buster Johnson, and Carla Oliver.
Leroy Strappy Retires From Systems Department
by Ruthie Noland
On Wednesday, December 20, 2006, a smile-filled retirement party was held for longtime PPD Systems worker, Leroy Strappy,
at Heat Plant II (now known as Chill Water Plant II). The operation of this plant is
extremely critical as it supplies steam and chilled water to the entire Health Science
Center complex and a large portion of the campus.
After serving for four years in the US Navy, Leroy came to work at Heat Plant -
II at the University of Florida in February of 1973 in both Operations as a Boiler
Operator and then into Maintenance. I
During the course of his career here, Leroy was responsible for Boiler opera-
tion and maintenance ('70's), chiller operations and maintenance, cooling tower
repair and maintenance for all HPII and CW Plant #9, repair and maintenance of
steam turbines, repair and maintenance of steam turbine on the 1000KW generator,
condenser water systems for all Chillers in HP II and CW Plant #9, rodding and
cleaning condenser tubes on all chillers in HPII and CW #9, maintenance and repair Dave O'Brien (left) presents Leroy
on 250 lb. steam header in HPII, and assisting steam and chill water distribution Strappy with a commemorative UF
crew with emergencies. medallion plaque
When Mr. Strappy began working at Heat Plant II, there was an Operations
Group and a separate Maintenance Department. The Maintenance Department consisted of 8 Mechanics and worked all of the
above duties. Over the years this Maintenance group has been reduced to a two man crew that is still responsible for the above
duties. For the last year, Leroy had been performing the maintenance on his own with occasional assistance from other crews.
Mr. Strappy has been a strong and steady force at Heat Plant II over his entire career with the University, and became an
obvious choice for the Systems Department Employee of the Year in 2004. Due to his efforts at Heat Plant II, there have beenvery
few interruptions in customer service. Leroy's presence, dedication and knowledge will be greatly missed.
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Systems Controls and Alarms Superintendent Skip Rockwell said, "Myself and other Systems personnel stayed at Bartram till
late Friday night, helping people who work in the building re-locate deep freeze equipment over to Carr Hall so they could have
power. I was very impressed by the way that everyone from PPD just buckled down and went to work we all knew we had a job
to do, and all the employees there did an excellent job helping wherever they were needed."
Facilities Dept. also responded to the situation and assisted Building Services with water removal and cleanup of damaged
ceiling tiles. Maintenance Superintendent Buddy Vaughn said, "On Saturday morning, when I first heard about the leak, I came in
and went to Bartram with Tracy Smith and our on-call man, Steve Fryman. The building was a real mess, full of mud and wet ceiling
tiles all over the floor. So we got a crew together to help the Building Services personnel with removing all those damaged tiles and
cleaning up in general."
The cleanup effort continued throughout the day, with Building Services and Facilities removing standing water, wet, fallen
tiles and other debris, and Systems testing and restoring power and HVAC service to Bartram Hall. Full power was restored to the
building by lunchtime on Saturday by the Systems crew. By late Saturday afternoon nearly all of the water was out of the building,
and Building Services employees came back on Sunday with fans and wet-dry vacs to suck up the last small puddles and drips.
On Monday, a Facilities crew came in and replaced nearly 300 ceiling tiles, and by Tuesday morning, Bartram Hall was ready for
business as usual.
PPD Assistant Vice President Dave O'Brien Ron H ambrick Leaves PPD
said, "This was an outstanding effort by many of
our team members, and a genuine class act by all PPD Risk Management
those involved. There is no better Physical Plant CoordinatorRon
operation anywhere!" Hambrick has left UF.
PPD employees who helped contribute to the Ron has accepted
cleanup effort included: Building Services Derrick position as the Director
Bacon, Dana Simmons, Gloria Grant, Albert Woulard, of Envi
Sr., James Woody, Elnora Turner, Terry King, Health and
Shawanna Williams, Sandra Thomas, Bill Johnson, Health and Safety at
MaryAnn Daniel, Robert Frame, Denise Watson, New College in
and Paul Cowart; Facilities Buddy Vaughan, Tracy Sarasota. We wish him
Smith, Steve Fryman, Ray McClure, Paul Skiver, the best!
Keith Feagle, Jeremy Tetstone, and Charles Gor- Left: Ron shows off his
don; Systems Dwayne Jones, Craig Williams, Lacy commemorative
Rabon, Mike Thomas, Skip Rockwell, Mike Vaughan, certificate and mug at
Tim Noland, Richard Murray, Duke Reid, Harold his going-away party at
Corbitt, Roderick Jones, and Dwayne Selph. MainStreet.
Thanks to all involved in this project!
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David Bridges, Building Svcs.
Jerrell Collins, Grounds
Tran Diep, Building Svcs.
Shameka Jenkins, Building Svcs.
Engeria Keith, Building Svcs.
Ronald Lange, Grounds
Jonell Mann, Grounds
Joshua Morse, Systems
Matthew Pollard, Facilities
Joseph Toole, Building Svcs.
Jessica Voorhees, Grounds
Kathy Robinson, Building Svcs.
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Harley Conner Glenn Hayes Harley Ingle Be Le
Building Services Building Services HSC Building Services
t i Trumaine Higgins, Grounds
Dwayne Selph, Systems
Empoees Of Th Qure
John Black Ken Combs
Dennis Ingram Chris Keane
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